2012 MLS Mock Draft: Landing Places for Most Dangerous Scorers

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2012 MLS Mock Draft: Landing Places for Most Dangerous Scorers
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Darren Mattocks, Andrew Wenger, Chandler Hoffman and Casey Townshend are four of the best scorers in college soccer.

Now, they are going to take their talents to Major League Soccer, entering the 2012 MLS draft.

These four players know how to provide an offensive spark, but how will they be used by their new teams? And, which of the four will have the biggest impact in 2012?

Let's take a look at where these four scorers will land. And, while we're at it, let's take a look at how the entire first round will look.

 

1. Montreal Impact: Darren Mattocks, Forward, Akron

The Impact, MLS's newest team, will get the first pick in the 2012 draft. They'll probably select Darren Mattocks, the high-scoring forward.

Mattocks is a high-quality player and a great goal scorer. He scored 21 goals in 22 games last season.

However, on a brand-new team, the scoring ability might be limited for Mattocks. This team is going to go through some growing pains and will take some time to develop chemistry.

Don't expect much from Mattocks in 2012.


2. Vancouver Whitecaps: Andrew Wenger, Forward/Defense, Duke

Wenger has won both the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year awards during his illustrious college career. He also won the Hermann Award for best collegiate player this year.

Though he's a great scorer (18 goals in 2011), the Whitecaps already have plenty of forwards.

So, Wenger's offensive ability will most likely not be put to use in Vancouver. The Whitecaps will probably select this rookie and stick him on defense.


3. New England Revolution: Matt Hedges, Defense, North Carolina

New England allowed 58 goals last year. Enough said.

 

4. Toronto FC: Chandler Hoffman, Forward, UCLA

Toronto finished second to last in goals scored last season, with 36.

Getting Hoffman would allow this team to immediately add a lot more scoring potential.

Hoffman scored 18 goals last season in college. Adding him to Toronto could drastically change this team's fortunes heading into the 2012 season.

 

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5. Chivas USA: Casey Townshend, Forward, Maryland

Townshend averaged .81 goals per game for Maryland in his junior season in 2011.

For a Chivas team that only had a minus-four goal differential in 2011, adding another scorer could work wonders.

Townshend should have a big impact on a team that needs to improve its scoring if they are going to improve in the standings.


6. San Jose Earthquakes: Kelyn Rowe, Midfielder, UCLA

Setting up the forwards has been a big concern for the Earthquakes in the past. Rowe will be an excellent passer who can add an occasional goal as well.

 

7. D.C. United: Austin Berry, Defense, Louisville

8. Portland Timbers: Andrew Jean Baptiste, Defense, Connecticut

These two teams had two of the worst defenses in Major League Soccer last season. Drafting the two best defenders left on the board makes sense for them.


9. Chicago Fire: Enzo Martinez, Midfielder, North Carolina

10. Columbus Crew: Luis Silva, Midfielder, UCSB

Both of these picks are pure value picks. These teams can't afford to pass up solid midfielders.


11. FC Dallas: Sam Garza, Forward, UCSB

FC Dallas ranked in the bottom half of the league in goals scored last season.


12. Toronto FC (From New York Red Bulls): Tommy Meyer, Defense, Indiana

After selecting a forward with their first pick, this team needs to shore up their defense as well.

 

13. Philadelphia Union: Ethan Finlay, Forward, Creighton

This team is a scorer or two away from being a top-tier MLS team.

 

14. Colorado Rapids: Calum Mallace, Midfielder, Marquette

15. Seattle Sounders: Kohei Yamada, Midfielder, Japan

16. Sporting Kansas City: Tony Cascio, Midfielder, Connecticut

A run of midfielders will help these playoff teams improve their attack.


17. Real Salt Lake: Dom Dwyer, Forward, USF

With another dynamic scorer like Dwyer, Real Salt Lake could give the Galaxy a run for their money atop the MLS standings.


18. Houston Dynamo: Andy Rose, Midfielder, UCLA

The Dynamo don't really need a forward and don't really need any defensive help, so taking a solid midfielder is the smart choice here.

 

19. LA Galaxy: Aaron Maund, Defense, Notre Dame

The Galaxy have a pretty great offense; they just need to shore up some defensive problems.

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